Homeowner faces dilemma after water well discovery

In many cases, expensive sealing, replumbing can be avoided

DEAR BARRY: The plumbing for my house is connected to the municipal water system, but there is an old artesian well in the basement that is pumped to a hose faucet in the yard.

When I bought the property two years ago, neither my real estate agent nor the home inspector said anything about the well being a problem. One year later, the city water department sent an inspector to check our water system. He informed us that a well within city limits was against code and had been for 10 years. We are now faced with a $3,000 bill to have the well sealed and the outside faucet replumbed.